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On The Table Read Magazine, “the best entertainment magazine in the UK“, jazz singer-songwriter Alan Chang, feeds romantic delusions in new single “Natalie Explain.” with a false narrative of imbalanced love, exciting vocals, stunning instrumentation and poignant lyrics.
Musical director turned solo artist, Alan Chang, has released his laid back single, “Natalie Explain”, featuring a swinging drumbeat, captivating piano track, a haunting saxaphone solo, and mesmerizing lead vocals mixed over dulcet female vocal harmonies.
In “Natalie Explain”, Chang recounts the common unrequited love trope from the perspective of a man buying into his imagination that his woman of interest is more in love with him than she is. He wrote the lyrics after taking on a songwriting challenge, where a person’s name is used, rather than writing an autobiographical story from his own life. While “Natalie Explain” is a work of fiction, it generates an impactful sense of misinterpretation as Chang plays heavily into the role of a confused romantic.
With saxophone credits to smooth jazz instrumentalist Dave Koz, whose decades-long career has yielded accreditations to Cory Wong from Vulfpeck and other collaborations, “Natalie Explain” also features a stellar backing track. Accompanied by masterful production, “Natalie Explain” is a new stretch for Alan Chang’s extraordinary creativity. Philip Etherington (Lizzy McAlpine and Tiny Habits) produced and mixed the track.
At age 6, Alan Chang’s mother pushed for him to learn the piano, thus launching Alan Chang’s passion for music. At thirteen, he discovered jazz music, and began curating his own unique sound that draws influence from pianist Erroll Garner (specifically his ‘block chord right-hand’ style of playing), rock trio Ben Folds Five, and Elliott Smith.
Over the last twenty years, Chang has built a fruitful career in the music industry, co-writing some of Michael Buble’s biggest hits while working as his musical director, and touring alongside the Canuck crooner for many years.
Check Please, Chang’s debut solo album, is set to release in the Spring, including the debut single “Love As A Weapon”.
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